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Art Week + Beer Week = Art show at a brewery!

DSM Art Week overlaps with DSM Beer Week. There’s a new brewery in town. Area515 had huge interest in our art show ~6 months ago. So, we combined all of the above! We’re holding an unconventional art show at Twisted Vine, the new brewery opening in West Des Moines,...
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How much NaOH does it take to get arrested?

Serious question: How much sodium hydroxide can I buy without getting arrested? Will ordering it online automatically land me on FBI watch lists? We’ve been playing with a donated Stratasys Dimension 768, and it prints great — but we don’t want to pay for the Stratasys “detergent” that is...
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Upcoming Events

We have a full class schedule coming up over the next few months! All events are at 1731 Grand Avenue and free to the public unless otherwise noted. February 6th: Girls in Science 10am-4pm at SCI Intro to Blender 1-3pm – watch the calendar for additional CAD classes! February...
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Tool wish list

A snow day is the perfect time to clean out your workshop. Do you have tools you no longer use, or tools that were replaced by an upgrade? Just like any workshop, as Area515 continues to grow we are always looking for “that next tool”. If you have a...
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The art show was a success!

The art show Saturday drew nearly 100 visitors to the Des Moines Maker Space to see what artists can produce using modern technology. From 3D printed jewelry to multi-layered pieces cut on our laser cutter, several of the booths demonstrated the possibilities of CNC machines. An interactive pixel art...
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Art Show Jan 30 – Call for Artists still open!

We are pleased to have a number of artists lined up for the Art of Making, our art show on January 30th from 1 – 6pm. This is really going to happen, and it’s going to be great! There are still spaces available. If you or someone you know...
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Spouse & Family Memberships!

The family that hacks together … ok, not sure where I was going with that. But electronics, 3d printing, and interactive technology are all great family projects. We are pleased to announce that Area515 now offers discounted spouse and family membership options! Sign up for a family membership and...
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Learn a Programming Language Party

We are joining up with Gravitate to host a PLIBMTTBHGATY: programming languages I’ve been meaning to try but haven’t gotten around to yet. It’s a lightly-structured party where people get together and work on a project in a new programming language, either with or just near each other. Refreshments will...
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We need your support!

As we enter the last weeks of 2015 and celebrate the season of giving, we also enter a season of charitable giving. I hope you will consider giving back to the community, and humbly ask that you add the Des Moines Maker Space to your list of organizations. While...
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Laser Cut Coasters & Storage Box

When friends register at a store for wedding gifts, it is much easier to buy something they won’t hate.  But why avoid that risk? Instead, I launched off the giveaway coasters we made for the maker faire and made a series of custom coasters. But that wasn’t enough. They...
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